Homedale shuts out Bonners Ferry

rroberts@idahostatesman.comNovember 10, 2013 

HOMEDALE — The Homedale High football team’s offensive line spent Saturday afternoon tearing through Bonners Ferry’s defense as if it were a string of paper dolls.

The Trojans broke open a scoreless game with five touchdowns in the second quarter as Homedale rolled to a 67-0 victory in the 3A state quarterfinals at Deward Bell Stadium.

Sophomore running back Josh Tolmie scored five of Homedale’s 10 touchdowns, rushing for a game-high 141 yards behind linemen Britt Eubanks, Bo Pickett, Luke Flaming, Karl Henry and Eduardo Cardenas.

“They were pretty tough, but our team was tougher,” Tolmie said of Bonners Ferry. “We just executed our game plan and won by a lot.”

Homedale (9-1) will host 3A Snake River Valley rival Fruitland (9-1) in a state semifinal game next week. The Trojans beat the Grizzlies 34-12 during the regular season. Fruitland — a 35-21 winner over Timberlake — will be trying to advance to the championship game for the eighth consecutive season.

It will be Homedale’s first appearance in the state semifinals since the school moved up to the 3A classification. The Trojans have won eight state titles at the 2A level, the most recent of which was in 1997.

“This feels great,” Homedale senior Lane Sale said. “It’s going to be fun taking on Fruitland again. We’ll have to prove it again.”

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Sale attacked Bonners Ferry on both sides of the ball. He caught four passes for 119 yards, and added four tackles and two interceptions at linebacker.

Sophomore quarterback Lawsen Matteson was equally effective, completing 12-of-18 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns, plus a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter.

“I just want to credit the O-line for doing a great job up front,” Matteson said. “They gave me a lot of time back there.”

While Homedale’s offense was busy racking up a 571 total yards, the defense was making life miserable for Bonners Ferry quarterback Christian Trocke.

Trocke completed an 11-yard pass on the Badgers’ second drive of the game, but did not complete another pass until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. In between those completions, he threw three interceptions.

Bonners Ferry finished with 145 total yards — 119 rushing and 26 passing.

“I’m ecstatic. I just can’t believe it,” said Tolmie, who also had three tackles. “It’s been a decade since we’ve been this far, and I love it.”

After Tolmie scored three more touchdowns in the third quarter to extend Homedale’s lead to 53-0, coach Matt Holtry cleared his bench. Even then, the Badgers struggled to slow the Trojans.

Reserve Devin Fisher scored on a 59-yard run with 10:24 to play in the fourth quarter, and sophomore Chase Martell tacked on a 5-yard TD run of his own midway through the final frame.

“It was awesome to be able to get them in the game and get them some playoff experience,” Holtry said.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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